a real world point of view
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Writer:||Emma Beeby and Gordon Rennie, Jonathan Barnes, Catherine Harvey|
|Release date:||December 2012|
|Format:||2 CDs, 4 Parts|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
|The Shadow Heart||The Wrong Doctors|
Publisher's summary Edit
A long time ago, two travellers came from far away...
In the perfumed palace of an omnipotent Sultan, a girl must tell stories to keep the man she cares about from a cruel and horrible death. She spins tales of distant lands she has visited with a mysterious traveller, of fabulous creatures and fantastic adventures – and of a blue box that can travel in time and space.
Meanwhile, in the dungeons below the throne room, there lurks a secret which will bring down the kingdom – perhaps even the universe.
Can the Doctor and Nyssa escape from this never-ending story before the final chapter spells their end?
- The Doctor - Peter Davison
- Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
- Sultan - Alexander Siddig
- Old Man - Nadim Sawalha
- Nazar/Gantha/Prisoner - Teddy Kempner
- Lottie/Alien Nurse/Woman Stallholder - Kim Ismay
- Gantha/Warden - Malcolm Tierney
- Elizabeth Spinnaker/Bessie/Crying Woman - Debbie Leigh-Simmons
- Alien Psychiatrist/Balladeer -Christopher Luscombe
- Hill/Archie - Oliver Coopersmith
to be added
- From the Doctor's perspective, this story takes place over the course of approximately three years.
- Alexander Siddig (Sultan) previously played Rosto in AUDIO: Sisters of the Flame / The Vengeance of Morbius and Captain Nemo in AUDIO: The Wreck of the Titan and AUDIO: Legend of the Cybermen.
- Nadim Sawalha (Old Man) previously played Swapnil Khan in AUDIO: The Magic Mousetrap.
- Malcolm Tierney (Gantha/Warder) previously played Doland in TV: Terror of the Vervoids.
- This audio drama was recorded on 7 and 8 August 2012.
- Nyssa states that the Doctor had a different face when she first met him on Traken in 1981 and that he was travelling with Adric. (TV: The Keeper of Traken) She also mentions that it was not until he regenerated that she began to properly travel with him. (TV: Logopolis, Castrovalva)
- Nyssa mentions the prisons of Folly. (AUDIO: Doing Time)
- The Doctor refers to his encounter with Harry Houdini. Prior to their arrival in 1963, his first incarnation and his granddaughter Susan Foreman met Houdini in the United States. Houdini taught the Doctor how to perform sleight-of-hand tricks. (PROSE: The Sorcerer's Apprentice)
- The Doctor uses the word "Tremas" to defeat the Interplanetarian. (TV: The Keeper of Traken)